Mets Spring Training: Week two in review
Here’s a recap of what went down in week two of Spring Training at Port St. Lucie, Fla.:
- The week began with a clubhouse outburst from Ike Davis, who was upset at a New York Port report revealing that he played hurt for much of last season. Said Davis:
“It shouldn’t have been a story, anyway. It’s just an overblown thing. Everyone has injuries and then they get hurt. So it was pointless to write an article. I sucked last year because I sucked. It’s not because I had an injury. You always have injuries. And now it just looks bad.”
- Davis and Lucas Duda later began their first-base competition with a bang, each homering early in Grapefruit League play.
- The Mets received another injury scare when Jon Niese began complaining of a sore shoulder, prompting the team to send him to New York for an MRI. That came back clean, and Niese climbed back on a mound for a bullpen session Monday.
- In other injury news, closer Bobby Parnell faced hitters for the first time since surgery, an optimistic day for the Mets.
- We profiled Noah Syndergaard, Daniel Murphy and Jeurys Familia. On Syndergaard, whose size and strength have earned him the nickname “Thor,” high school coach David Walden told the story of a pitcher who went from unrecruited to famous in the span of four months:
“We don’t even have kids that can play catch with him anymore,” Walden said. “We’re not taking credit for it because we have no idea what happened.”
- And, finally, columnist Anthony Castrovince made his way to Mets camp, talking to David Wright, Zack Wheeler and others about the direction of the franchise.
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